Everyday Things That Are Mind-Blowing If You Think About ThemPosted: May 29, 2013
Tory: We definitely take this one for granted, but it’s so mind-blowing. If I have something to say to someone, no matter what time of day it is, no matter where they are, I can send them a message that they can see literally that second. These silly words I typed on my laptop will be able to be read anywhere on the planet by any random stranger who happens to stumble across this blog for whatever reason (hello, random strangers!). When I don’t know something, I can get an answer in less than 10 seconds (well, if my internet connection is behaving). How is that not mind-blowing?
Chrystina: You can communicate instantaneously with anybody and look up any answer to anything ever. I think this one is pretty self-explanatory.
Tory: Sure, it costs money, but the fact that I can put something in a box, bring it to a random office (or even better, have a random person come get it), and it magically is somewhere else the next morning is amazing. The logistics alone are amazing.
Chrystina: The fact that I can order something from a completely different place in the world and it can show up the next day (for a hefty fare) is incredible. It makes the world seem a lot smaller.
Phone Calls and Cell Phones
Tory: One day I got a phone call at work from someone from Alaska, and that’s when I started realizing how much I take for granted. Here I was, sitting in an air-conditioned office on a muggy, hot, humid summer day on the East Coast, and this guy was sitting in a cabin, surrounded by snow and mountains and Coke-drinking polar bears (I have a very, very skewed view of Alaska). Yet we were conversing. And this isn’t just limited to Alaska! With a cell phone, I can be literally anywhere and talk to anyone else literally anywhere else, provided I dial a valid number and know country codes and feel like paying the large fees for international calls.
Chrystina: Talking to people who aren’t in the same place as you is mind blowing. You can call anybody around the world. The entire WORLD. Not only that, but you have access to the entire internet over your phone. And it can talk to you and interact with you. Crazy.
Google Maps and GPS
Tory: It’s not just the fact that I can get access to maps/have some magical device spoon-feed me directions so I don’t get lost. Google Maps is mind-blowing in that you can literally look at a map of anywhere in the world, and in a lot of places, you can street view. If I’m feeling a desperate urge to travel but can’t actually afford to go somewhere, I can pretend to go on a trip somewhere by street-viewing my way down a random road somewhere in the world, without ever leaving my computer screen.
Chrystina: Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE maps. I actually prefer maps. I use the Google Maps program just to actually look at the maps because it’s way easier than carrying one around. I actually prefer to map out routes on my own and hate the lady that lives in the GPS – but the fact that I can see a map and zoom in on it wherever I want is awesome.
Tory: You go to bed. Your mind throws all sorts of ridiculous images at you. Half the time, they make absolutely no sense. You wake up with fuzzy memories of running from your former middle school classmate who has now become an axe-wielding villain or of casually teleporting around and hanging out with a celebrity crush in a variety of random locations that are a combination of all the places you’ve ever seen, and that is somehow completely normal. The next night, your brain does all sorts of new things that make no sense, and you just continue to shrug this off as just something that your mind does. It’s weird. This xkcd cartoon pretty much sums it up.
Chrystina: Honestly, I wish I remembered more of my dreams. I think they would be interesting. But it’s definitely a weird thing that your brain stays on when the rest of you goes to sleep.
The Fact That You Pretty Much Know Nobody in the Whole World
Tory: I never even thought of this, but it’s true. There are approximately 7 billion people on the planet. Even if you had some way to meet every single one for just one second, it would take you (by my very quick calculations) 221.8 years to meet all of them – and by then you’d have to start over, because the ones you had already met would all be dead, and that would assume that you were able to live forever. There are so many people who you will literally never encounter who are living their lives at the same time as you, and you will never know anything about them.
Chrystina: Every time I go to New York City or am in an airport I think to myself wow, there are so many people here, and I will probably never seem any of them ever again. And that’s just right here. That doesn’t include the next building over. The next city. The next state. The next country. Or the next continent. I love people though, so this is pretty exciting for me that there are so many more to meet.
Tory: One of my friends was in China for the past year and a half or so, and despite constantly chatting with her, I would still have moments where I would think to myself, “I’m just getting to work, and her day is over,” and my mind would explode a little. (By the end of this blog post, the amount of times I use the words “blow my mind” or “explode” in reference to my brain may suggest that there’s not any brain left. I swear, there’s a little.)
Chrystina: For about a year and a half of my life I’m convinced that I was living in the time zone between eastern and central time. It’s crazy that it’s different times depending on where you are. Also, I always have had this vision of a couple getting into a fight in the eastern time zone, one of the people realizing they were wrong and dragging the other person over the time zone line and asking to repeat that hour again because it didn’t happen right the first time. I think about this a lot actually. Please note, I live nowhere near a time zone line.
Tory: Honestly, when I stopped and thought about this one, it occurred to me that I have very little understanding of how cameras work. Perhaps I should Google that; I feel like this is something I should understand. In the meantime, the idea that you can just press a button and whatever you’re looking at at that exact moment will be frozen in time forever is ridiculously awesome.
Chrystina: I love photography, I love capturing that moment in time that you will never get back. That is actually why one of my biggest pet peeves in life – actually, probably the biggest – is people waving their hands in front of cameras when you’re taking a picture. It’s not funny at all. Not even a little bit. You only get that moment once, and if you want to capture it, that’s the only chance you get. I think my favorite part about photographs is that you can see what people older than you looked like at your age. It makes you realize that they had a life before you showed up.
How Much Money is Spent Making Movies and TV Shows
Tory: I think about this, a lot. Just think about the amount of money that gets used to build half-rooms and sets and buy props and design costumes, all for the sake of entertainment, boggles my mind (and not necessarily in a good way, unlike most of the other things on this list).
The Fact that More People Don’t Get into Car Accidents
Chrystina: I’ve been thinking about this fact since I was little. Don’t get me wrong, there are a decent number of car accidents, but for the most part in life people operate a large piece of heavy machinery over sometimes not so great roads to get from one place to the other and don’t run into any problems (no pun intended?). Granted, if a car accident does occur, it’s probably at the most inconvenient time in the world. (Yes, the whole world.)